The Highcrest Academy




Rated as a Good school by Ofsted as recently as February 2020

Our recent report gives a very positive overview on what it is like to be a pupil at the academy.    Indeed, even within their obligatory areas for improvement, Ofsted acknowledged that these have been identified by the academy and are already in the process of being improved. This positive   report is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and teamwork of students, staff, governors and parents and will mean that we are able to continue to move forwards, providing a wide range of both curricular and extracurricular opportunities for our students over the next four years.

“Pupils at The Highcrest Academy happily live up to the school’s motto of ‘Aspire and Achieve’”.


Rights Respecting School Award

Highcrest became a Rights Respecting School in 2014 and achieved the Level 1 award in 2015. UNICEF moderators upgraded us to a Gold Award school after an inspection in 2018. Indeed, we were the first secondary school in Buckinghamshire, and only the fifteenth secondary school nationally, to be accredited as a Gold Award UNICEF Rights Respecting School; you can imagine how proud our community is of this award. The UNICEF articles continue to be at the heart of everything that we do at Highcrest.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. As a rights-respecting school, we teach our students about their rights and model respectful relationships.

BucksFreePress Article: Highcrest First in Bucks to Receive Gold RRSA Award

Apprenticeship Champion

The Highcrest Academy is committed to ensuring our students have access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers.

We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this. For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career.

That is why Highcrest’s Careers Coordinator, Mr Rob Evans, has become an Apprenticeship Champion registered with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Academy works with a number of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships.

The NACE Challenge Award

The NACE Challenge Award provides national recognition of school-wide high quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all.

Achieving the award means that we demonstrate good or outstanding provision in teaching and learning for more able learners. We have been successfully reaccredited with this prestigious award for the last two years.

The EQualities Award 

The EQualities Award recognises the academy’s commitment to treating everyone equally.

Highcrest was the first school in the whole of Buckinghamshire to receive this prestigious award.  The EQualities Award recognises the academy’s commitment to treating everyone equally. To gain this award, Highcrest had to identify and review the different ways in which the academy engenders equality of opportunity and raises outcomes for all learners regardless of gender, disability, faith and ethnicity, sexual identity and socio-economic disadvantage. The promotion of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also a core feature of the audit, which also focused on safeguarding, bullying and the promotion of fundamental British values.  The award is valid for three years and we are applying for re-designation in December 2019 when we aim to demonstrate that equality remains a priority area for us.

IQM Flagship School Award

Effective schools are inclusive schools that monitor, develop and devise strategies to improve the effectiveness of their provision to meet the needs of all students.

External assessors examined the school as an inclusive environment, looking for every child gaining access to every activity in school. The Inclusion Quality Mark covers absolutely everything in school, from students with special learning needs to the most able and those needing more help with literacy and numeracy. The IQM award certifies that both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities are accessible to all at The Highcrest Academy.

Quality Mark

The Quality Mark is about recognising minimum standards in teaching literacy and numeracy.

Attainment of this award is normally based on a close partnership between the Basic Skills Agency, Local Authority and schools. The Quality Mark provides a framework for continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school.

The Highcrest Academy is one of the few schools to have achieved this award four times. We have held the Basic Skills quality mark for nine consecutive years.

Buckinghamshire Careers Hub

Highcrest is a proud member of the Bucks Careers Hub. This is an association of selected schools in Buckinghamshire who have a strong commitment to careers education and support. Careers Leaders from these schools meet regularly to share best practice, develop shared projects and resources to support students and build links with employers.

The Good Schools Guide

In addition, Highcrest was noted in a recent edition of The Good Schools Guide as a standout school for entrepreneurship and enterprise.

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